We believe it is essential that all children entering Rickmansworth School know that their individual needs are recognised and understood by the staff and can be confident that these will be met.
Without careful organisation a boy or girl can feel quite lost and bewildered in a large school. At Rickmansworth we arrange for each pupil to be placed in a form of no more than 26 with a form tutor who is responsible for each pupil’s welfare and progress throughout their time at the school. As the pupils progress through the School the form tutor remains with them thereby ensuring complete continuity.
In addition all boys and girls in Years 7 and 8 belong to Key Stage 3 under the overall care and supervision of the Key Stage 3 and Year 7 Transition Co-ordinator who, together with the form tutor, is normally the first point of contact for parents. The School is arranged in four groups, the Lower School (Year 7), the Middle School (Years 8 & 9), the Upper School (Years 10 & 11) and the Sixth Form, each with a Key Stage Co-ordinator and Year Learning Co-ordinator who have overall responsibility for the care and guidance of all pupils in their groups. Guidance is particularly important at the crucial stages where choices of courses are made, and the help of both School and County careers staff is also available to pupils and their parents from Year 9 onward. This ensures that attention is given to the individual needs of each boy and girl within a clear framework for the needs of the year group. For academic purposes, each year is divided into seven classes. Each pupil is placed in a class with others of similar academic ability, ensuring that the teaching staff can attend to the individual needs of each boy and girl whilst the whole class progresses together.
We expect pupils to be committed to working hard and taking responsibility for their own learning and behaviour, striving to achieve their personal best in all they do. This extends to their dress and appearance, and we expect parents to ensure that their children are dressed according to the School’s requirements. Pupils are regularly praised and rewarded for good work, behaviour and performance using the School’s merit and colours system. Detention of pupils after School hours, at weekends, or during holidays is used when we judge it necessary.
There are regular meetings to give parents information about the School and to offer advice on how they can support their child. A meeting in Year 8 focuses on ‘How to help your child Learn’ and in Year 9 on preparation for SATs. In Years 9 and 11 there are also information evenings for GCSE and A Level options, and in the Lower Sixth evenings outlining A Level study and routes into higher education. There are presentation evenings to pupils who have done particularly well at school, with the awarding of prizes and certificates at Lower, Middle, Upper and Sixth Form Presentation Evenings.
Pupils are encouraged to become involved in the wider life of the School through pupil committees and the School Council. The Council meets twice a term to discuss School successes and raise issues with senior staff.
We believe in an ordered School where boys and girls treat each other and the staff with respect and courtesy, and where the environment is conducive to hard work and high academic achievements